Little Known Classics

A collection of quality classic films that, for one reason or another, have not received a lot of attention (all of these have less than 2000 votes at the time of writing, many under 1000). If you enjoy a good classic and have not seen these, they are all very much recommended for viewing!
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1.
36 Hours (1964)
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Germans kidnap an American major and try to convince him that World War II is over, so that they can get details about the Allied invasion of Europe out of him. (115 mins.)
Director: George Seaton
 
2.
A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)
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Comedy western in which a traveler bets more money than he can afford in a poker game, and unusual events follow. (95 mins.)
Director: Fielder Cook
 
3.
Attack (1956)
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In 1945, an American Infantry company sets up an artillery observation post but tensions between Captain Cooney and Lieutenant Costa run high. (107 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
4.
Billy Budd (1962)
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Billy is an innocent, naive seaman in the British Navy in 1797. When the ship's sadistic master-at-arms is murdered, Billy is accused and tried. (123 mins.)
Director: Peter Ustinov
 
5.
Caged (1950)
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A naive nineteen year old widow becomes coarsened and cynical when she is sent to a woman's prison and is exposed to hardened criminals and sadistic guards. (96 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
 
6.
Carbine Williams (1952)
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David Marshall Williams is sent to a prison farm where he works in the tool shop and eventually develops the precursor of the famous M-1 Carbine automatic rifle used in WWII. (92 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
7.
Counsellor-at-Law (1933)
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Successful attorney has his Jewish heritage and poverty-stricken background brought home to him when he learns his wife has been unfaithful. (82 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
8.
Dangerous Crossing (1953)
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When a beautiful bride boards an ocean liner with her new husband, he goes into hiding, and she becomes the target of a murder conspiracy. (75 mins.)
 
9.
Easy Living (1937)
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During the Great Depression, a wealthy banker throws away his wife's expensive fur coat; it lands on the head of a stenographer, leading to everyone assuming she is his mistress and has access to his millions. (88 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
10.
Evelyn Prentice (1934)
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The neglected wife of a high profile attorney dallies with a unscrupulous womanizer and finds herself involved in blackmail and murder. (79 mins.)
 
11.
Executive Suite (1954)
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When the head of a large manufacturing firm dies suddenly from a stroke, his vice presidents vie to see who will replace him. (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
12.
Face of a Fugitive (1959)
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A robber in custody, becomes wanted for murder when his younger brother kills a deputy sheriff to help him escape. (81 mins.)
Director: Paul Wendkos
 
13.
The Good Fairy (1935)
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A naive girl just out of a cloistered orphanage finds that being a 'good fairy' to strangers makes life awfully complicated. (98 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
14.
Grand Slam (1967)
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After retirement, Professor James Anders presents criminal Mark Milford an elaborate plan to rob a diamond... (121 mins.)
 
15.
Gun the Man Down (1956)
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Two bank robbers abandon their wounded partner to the posse and run with the loot but their partner, after serving time in prison, seeks revenge. (76 mins.)
 
16.
House of Strangers (1949)
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After years in prison, Max promises revenge on his brothers for their betrayal. His lover Irene and memories of his past yield him a broader perspective. (101 mins.)
 
17.
Hangover Square (1945)
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A promising classical musician finds his life poisoned by a music hall dancer -- and by the strange gaps in his memory. (77 mins.)
Director: John Brahm
 
18.
Damn the Defiant! (1962)
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On the H.M.S. Defiant, during the French Revolutionary Wars, fair Captain Crawford is locked in a battle of wills against his cruel second-in-command Lt. Scott-Paget whose heavy-handed command style pushes the crew to mutiny. (101 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
19.
Jubal (1956)
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A new foreman rejects the sexual advances of a frustrated rancher's wife, which leads to conflicts that could get him killed. (100 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
20.
Love Crazy (1941)
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A series of misunderstandings on their fourth wedding anniversary lead an architect and his wife to break up, but he pretends to be insane and even poses as his own sister in order to win her back. (99 mins.)
Director: Jack Conway
 
21.
Lured (1947)
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A serial killer in London is murdering young women he meets through the personal columns of newspapers... (102 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
22.
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
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An elderly couple are forced to separate when they lose their house and none of their five children will take both parents in. (91 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
23.
Objective, Burma! (1945)
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A platoon of special ops are tasked to parachute into the remote Burmese jungle and destroy a strategic Japanese radar station, but getting out isn't as easy. (142 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
24.
Pork Chop Hill (1959)
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During the Korean War peace talks, U.S. troops fight to retake a hill from the Communist Chinese forces. (97 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
25.
Rocky Mountain (1950)
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In California during the Civil War, a Confederate patrol and a Union troop must set their differences aside in order to survive a Sioux attack. (83 mins.)
 
26.
Scandal Sheet (1952)
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The editor of an exploitation newspaper commits a murder and assigns his protégé to investigate hoping to divert attention away from himself. (82 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
 
27.
Sudden Fear (1952)
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After an ambitious actor insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy middle-aged playwright and marries her, he plots with his mistress to murder her. (110 mins.)
Director: David Miller
 
28.
The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
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After greedy men have Edmound Dantes unjustly imprisoned for 20 years for innocently delivering a letter entrusted to him, he escapes to get his revenge on them. (113 mins.)
Director: Rowland V. Lee
 
29.
The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)
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In the western frontier town of Cross Creek storekeeper George Temple is a polite and soft spoken man with a secret past.When three bank robbers on the lam stop in town to change horses George Temple's past comes back to haunt him. (89 mins.)
Director: Russell Rouse
 
30.
The House on 92nd Street (1945)
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Bill Dietrich becomes a double agent for the FBI in a Nazi spy ring. (88 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
31.
The Mating Season (1951)
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Ellen McNulty loses her hamburger joint and goes to see her son, who marries a socialite at the same time. Due to her modest background and a case of mistaken identity, Ellen poses as the newlyweds' cook. (101 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
32.
The More the Merrier (1943)
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During the World War II housing shortage in Washington, two men and a woman share a single apartment and the older man plays Cupid to the other two. (104 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
33.
The Stalking Moon (1968)
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A sympathetic retired army scout takes-in a white woman and her half-Apache son, not knowing that the boy's father, a murderous renegade Apache, is after them. (109 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
 
34.
The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
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This comedy-drama is partially a gentle satire on America's drive to change the world in the post-war years... (123 mins.)
Director: Daniel Mann
 
35.
The Tin Star (1957)
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A cynical former sheriff turned bounty hunter helps a young, recently appointed acting sheriff with his advice, his experience and his gun. (93 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
36.
The Violent Men (1954)
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A Union ex-officer plans to sell up to Anchor Ranch and move east with his fiancee, but the low price... (96 mins.)
Director: Rudolph Maté
 
37.
The Young Philadelphians (1959)
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Up and coming, young lawyer Anthony Lawrence faces several ethical and emotional dilemmas as he climbs the Philadelphia social ladder... (136 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
 
38.
Thieves' Highway (1949)
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A war-veteran-turned-truck driver attempts to avenge the crippling and robbing of his father at the hands of an amoral produce scofflaw. (94 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
39.
Time Limit (1957)
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During the Korean War former prisoner of war, Major Harry Cargill admits to having collaborated with the enemy but military investigator Colonel William Edwards wants the details. (96 mins.)
Director: Karl Malden
 
40.
Tribute to a Bad Man (1956)
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With no law within 200 miles horse rancher Jeremy Rodak runs his spread with an iron hand and deals with rustlers even more ruthlessly. (95 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
41.
Tunes of Glory (1960)
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Major Jock Sinclair has been in this Highland regiment since he joined as a boy piper. During the Second World War... (107 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
 
42.
Westward the Women (1951)
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A trail guide escorts a group of women from Chicago to California to marry men that have recently began settling there. (118 mins.)
 
43.
The Gazebo (1959)
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TV writer Elliott Nash buries a blackmailer under the new gazebo in his suburban backyard. But the nervous man can't let the body rest there. (100 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
44.
Five Star Final (1931)
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The City Editor of a sleazy tabloid goes against his own journalistic ethics to resurrect a twenty year old murder case... with tragic results. (89 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
45.
It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)
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A homeless New Yorker moves into a mansion and along the way he gathers friends to live in the house with him. Before he knows it, he is living with the actual home owners. (116 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
 
46.
Hangmen Also Die! (1943)
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After the Nazi administrator of Czechoslovakia is shot, his assassin tries to elude the Gestapo and struggles with his impulse to give himself up as hostages are executed. (134 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
47.
99 River Street (1953)
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A former boxer turned cab driver has to hide from the police when his badgering wife is murdered by the jewel thief she was having an affair with. (83 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
 
48.
The Catered Affair (1956)
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At breakfast, Jane announces that she and Ralph are getting married the next week. All Jane and Ralph... (94 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
 
49.
Romance on the High Seas (1948)
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Romantic misunderstandings abound when spouses suspect each other of being unfaithful, and a nightclub singer takes a cruise under a false identity. (99 mins.)
 
50.
Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
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A fictionalized account of the career of jazz singer Ruth Etting and her tempestuous marriage to gangster Marty Snyder, who helped propel her to stardom. (122 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
 
51.
13 Rue Madeleine (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When spy chief Bob Sharkey finds out one of his agents-in-training is actually a Nazi double agent, his strategic decision not to arrest him results in tragedy. (95 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
52.
Each Dawn I Die (1939)
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A corrupt D.A. with governatorial ambitions is annoyed by an investigative reporter's criticism of his criminal activities and decides to frame the reporter for manslaughter in order to silence him. (92 mins.)
 
53.
Island in the Sky (1953)
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A C-47 transport plane, named the Corsair, makes a forced landing in the frozen wastes of Labrador, and the plane's pilot, Captain Dooley, must keep his men alive in deadly conditions while waiting for rescue. (109 mins.)
 
54.
All My Sons (1948)
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During WW2, industrialist Joe Keller commits a crime and frames his business partner Herbert Deever but years later his sin comes back to haunt him when Joe's son plans to marry Deever's daughter. (94 mins.)
Director: Irving Reis
 
55.
Command Decision (1948)
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Army generals struggle with the decision to prioritize bombing the German factories producing new jet fighters over the extremely high casualties the mission will cost. (112 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
56.
The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)
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A wealthy mystery writer uses her doctor ex-husband's non-payment of alimony to coerce him into a reconciliation. (82 mins.)
Director: Stephen Roberts
 
57.
The Black Room (1935)
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Ignoring an ancient prophecy, evil brother Gregor seeks to maintain his feudal power on his his Tyrolean estate by murdering and impersonating his benevolent younger twin. (70 mins.)
 
58.
The D.I. (1957)
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Gunnery Sergeant Jim Moore is one of the toughest Drill Instructors on Parris Island. But he's got a thorn in his side: Pvt... (106 mins.)
Director: Jack Webb